AFC Bournemouth central midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh was delighted to play for Nigeria against Qatar in the FIFA U20 World Cup on Friday, saying it was a ‘dream come true’.
Flying Eagles Manager Paul Aigbogun handed the playmaker a second half appearance and the youngster was extremely happy with the opportunity.
“It was a dream come true playing at the FIFA U20 World Cup for Nigeria. This is my first major tournament,” he said.
“I felt so different. It was like a normal game in England and it felt so special. I was really happy to get on to the pitch.”
The Flying Eagles were ruthless with a 4-0 demolition of the Young Maroons and Ofoborh started that the West African team performed well.
“The team generally did well, we got the job done and it was a big win. Coach and captain have drilled into us that the win against Qatar is in the past and we focus on the task with USA.
“We need to focus on the USA and pick the maximum points. The aim is to quality for the next round.”
Ofoborh is coming to the end of his third year with Cherries having previously spent time in the academies of Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall.
As well as training with the first team, Ofoborh also played a big role in the successful season for the club’s under-21s.
The midfielder captained Shaun Cooper’s side for much of the season, including to victory in the Central League Cup final against Notts County.